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Fun Eli
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  Quote Fun Eli Replybullet Topic: The Cascade Is Awesome !!!!!
    Posted: 06 Jul 2016 at 3:27pm
OK, so I haven't paddled the Cascade yet this season, but I just confirmed something that makes it even more awesome. I went to the USGS page and downloaded average daily flows for the past five years (2011-2015). I then plugged all that data into a spreadsheet and calculated how many days it was at each level:

Too Low (<700)
Low (700-1000)
Prime (1000-1500)
Juicy (1500-2000)
High (2000-3500)
Too High (>3500)

After doing all the calculations, it looks like the Cascade is at a runnable flow 200+ days a year!

Here is the breakdown

        Too-Low   Low    Prime   Juicy   High    Too-High
2011    142       59       54        39       64       7
2012    150       52       45        45       58       16
2013    146       75       63        37       30       14
2014    102       72       67        36       80       8
2015    152       88       67        33       13       12


Total number of days the cascade was running:

2011: 216
2012: 200
2013: 205
2014: 255
2015: 201

Also bear in mind that these are averages, so there were certainly days where the river bumped to a runnable flow in the afternoon, or was runnable in the morning and then dropped out but the average is below the cutoff. There were also days where it was runnable but then got too high in the afternoon, or was too high in the morning, then dropped too a good flow in the afternoon, but the average is above the cutoff. With this in mind, we can assume the numbers above are conservative.

The Cascade might have a reputation as a late season run because people tend to only run it when everything else drops out, but I think the Cascade deserves more hype than it gets. Miles of continuous whitewater, crystal clear waters, amazing scenery, easy shuttle, and good flows 200+ days a year make the Cascade, in my opinion, one of the best rivers in Washington State! Just thought I would spread the love.

S.Y.O.T.R,

-Eli
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  Quote jondufay Replybullet Posted: 06 Jul 2016 at 4:48pm
Run is in good shape and clean right now.
ahh, f--- it dude, lets go boating...
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  Quote cbishop1 Replybullet Posted: 06 Jul 2016 at 7:57pm
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  Quote Slackkinhard Replybullet Posted: 07 Jul 2016 at 6:22am
thanks for write up!!
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  Quote superposer Replybullet Posted: 07 Jul 2016 at 10:18am
The cascade is above my skill level maybe one day i can graces its awesome presence
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